Flinders Athletic Club athletes dominated the 3200m feature event at the annual Flinders University carnival on Sunday with Tasmin McMahon (running from 510m) winning from race backmarker Riley Cocks (80m). The only female in the field, 19-year-old McMahon took the lead inside the first lap and controlled the race to win in one of the fastest times ever recorded of 8mins 51.42secs. Junior state 5000m record holder Cocks 16, worked his way through the field to record 9-08.81, a time that would have won in previous years while McKinnon Parade’s Max Stevens (280m) finished 3rd in 9-22.11.
For the second consecutive season, Pete Burdett’s Grange Beachies squad produced the winner of the 200m Bill Ross Memorial after Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera (16m) survived a barnstorming finish from Alex Saliu (11m) in the slick time of 20.39s. Burdett coached Jordan Caldow to win the Flinders 200m/Bay Sheffield double last year and the much improved Sanderson-Milera is in the right form to repeat the Caldow double.
After four years in the sport, Tayce Fry finally won a much deserved first sash when she even surprised herself taking out the women’s 200m. Fry beat former SA Athletic League athlete of the year Lucy Buckley (23m) and Lauren Edwards (18m) in 23.26s. Another first time winner - Alex Jefferies (29m) continued the Team Townley dominance at Flinders by winning the Over 35’s 200m from Eugene DeVizio (40m) and backmarker David Miller (12m) in 22.81s. It was Team Townley’s third consecutive win in the event.
31 year old Dylan Hicks (5.5m) continued his good form from Port Adelaide where he won the 120m Gift to take out the 70m Open from Adrian Harris (6m) and Sanderson Milera (5.5m) in 7.77s. While in the women’s 70m, Camden’s Anthea Kotyla (17m) returned to some old form to hold on from Ali Trewartha (8.25m) and Lauren Edwards (5.75m) in 8.60s.
Brian Golden (54m) won his first race since 2009 taking out the 800m Open in 1min 50.11s. After a two year break Golden returned to train under former state 800m champion Michael Hane and the hard work over the last six months paid off on Sunday. Steve Jelfs (63m) fought back for 2nd while Golden’s stablemate Bryce Watkins (28m) finished 3rd.
In other 800m events, Flinders’ athlete Courtney Ryder (130m) easily won the women’s 800m in 2-06.73 from Eleni Glouftsis and Teagan Kustermann (44m) while 15 year old Prince Alfred College student Riley Bonner ran a blistering 1-45.19 to blitz the field in the Under 20’s 800m. McKinnon Parade pair Corey Watkins (95m) and Tim Earle (55m) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Reynella based coach Gary Thompson enjoyed a junior double after Kirsty Taylor (10m) won the Under 14’s 70m from Sophie Bonner (12.5m) and Lewis Abdul (4.25m) in 8.27s and Liam Rickard (28m) in only his second start, was too good in the Under 17’s 200m winning from Sam O’Grady (22m) and Lewis Warland (14m) in 21.03s.
The next SA Athletic League carnival is this Sunday 4th November at Henley Memorial Oval.
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